Colonial Government

Colonial Government

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  • The Magna Carta
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • The English Bill of Rights 1689
  • The Magna Carta was a document  that protected English people from unjust treatment or punishment.   King john signed The Magna Carta because even kings and queens were bound by law.   This document  was  important because  it inspired our founding fathers when they were writing our Bill of  Rights .
  • Town Meetings
  • The Glorious Revolution was when Parliament removed King James II from power and crowned William and Mary to rule . This made sure that sure that no ruler would have more power than the legislature . The Glorious  Revolution was important because it  brought a major change in the idea of government. 
  • Mercantilism 
  • The English Bill of Rights  set clear limits on ruler's power s. This document states that a ruler could not suspend Parliament's laws, impose taxes, or raise an army without Parliament's consent. It was important because it made sure the king and queen used their power right.
  • Navigation Acts
  • Town meetings was when townspeople would discuss local issues. Many colonists took part in local government which started their belief in the right to govern themselves.  The town meetings were important because it lead to the American Revolution.
  • Mercantilism is a theory that a country gains wealth and power by building its supplies of gold and silver.  To suceed at Mercantilism, the country has to export more than it imports. This theory was important because it started the Navigation Acts. 
  • The Navigation Acts were a set of laws passed to try and control the flow of goods  from the colonies to England. Colonists had to sell their materials to England  even if someone else would pay more for it.  These acts were important because it started conflict between the colonies and England. The conflict would eventually give us freedom.
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